Yoshi’s Crafted World released date was March 29th, 2019, and it costs $59.99 for Nintendo Switch. However, it is Yoshi’s Crafted World Switch version that seems to have gotten the most positive reviews of all in this last couple of weeks since the release of the platform game. It is the latest step in a platforming tradition which now lasts over 24 years, since Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island came out in 1995, for Super Nintendo.
It’s new, it’s hip!
Yoshi’s Crafted World has brought the Yoshi gameplay style, which started out so long ago, to perfection. The visual improvements are obvious, but the subtle gameplay mechanics improved and implemented are what makes this title feel like Nintendo’s last word.
The game’s improvements and features contain, but are not limited to:
- An immersive 2D world with a 3D realistic feel
- Materials and textures that seem photo-realistic
- The new and greatly improved level design
- The flipside gameplay – every level can be played in reverse
- Constant new and evolving platform challenges
Now, in Yoshi’s Crafted World when you eat an opponent it automatically turns into an egg and is ready to be used as ammo. Furthermore, you can manually aim the eggs by simply pressing the fire button and holding it, while you move the cursor to move the bullseye, and release to throw. The range of throwing the eggs is greatly improved, and you can hit objects in the background and the foreground, giving the entire game a world-like immersive atmosphere.
The game’s overall pace is noticeably slower than the usual platformers like to impose. In Yoshi’s Crafted World, you are rewarded for taking things much slower and figuring out how each and every wonder works, or where it should be hit to give you coins. Also, the mechanics of overcoming obstacles are greatly expanded, with numerous ways of running over giant paper flowers, popping up the paper ribbons, spinning the pots as you jump over them, and so on.
Yoshi’s Crafted World levels
The level design is noticeably better with new concepts that come at you non-stop. This makes all forty-plus levels unique and constantly fresh. Everything is so cleverly done that no single concept repeats itself entirely through the game. Things that are used again are at least evolved and improved as you go down the way to higher levels.
Playing the flipside of levels is what Nintendo eagerly announced for Yoshi’s Crafted World but critics and fans mostly agree the feature is now as good as they expected it to be. You may play each level in reverse but only to collect three poaches you need as collectibles while you compete for the best time, but nothing more. According to feedback, it is a bit of a letdown.
Yoshi’s Crafted World visuals
Yoshi’s Crafted World game is already being called one of the best looking 2D games ever created by Nintendo. Even though it is purely 2D, the environment feels like a 3D immersive world, and the textures of all models look incredibly realistic. One of the cool features is to see what the environment is made of when you flip the world and play a level in reverse. You then see that all the things and objects are actually empty and repainted cans or other common household objects. And, of course, lots of cardboard and paper.
Every Yoshi’s Crafted World review found on the web is overly positive and the game is living up to its hype. While it may not be the most challenging platformer by Nintendo, it is surely one of the cutest. The Switch version fits in the platform’s capability to deliver enhanced visuals nicely and it feels like the new age of Gameboy for sure.